March 29, 2010

Historic houses could be up for sale soon

A legislative panel holds a public hearing today on a bill to allow the sale of the state-owned properties.

By Susan M. Cover
State House Bureau

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It was sponsored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lisa Marrache, D-Waterville, and Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland.

Marrache said ethanol is hard on older engines, particularly those in airplanes and boats.

Strang Burgess said ethanol is less efficient than gas, which drives down fuel mileage for vehicles.


The Natural Resources Council of Maine released a letter last week with the signatures of more than 500 Maine businesses urging Maine's U.S. senators to support a climate-change bill.

"We urge you to do all you can to ensure that the United States acts swiftly and effectively in 2010 to address the threat of global warming," the letter said. "Now is the time for leadership. Maine people are counting on you to help."

The Maine businesses that signed on included Hannaford Bros. Inc., Lee Auto Malls, Oakhurst Dairy and Mattson Development.


The House and Senate will take up the budget this week and several major bills are outstanding, including medical marijuana and casinos.

The Appropriations Committee will hold a public hearing on two bond bills at 1 p.m. today in Room 228 of the State House.

Both bodies are to meet through Friday, with double sessions possible.


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